Roma and Manchester United have been fined after crowd trouble at the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie at the Stadio Olimpico.
I don’t understand how a club can be held responsible if the fans behave badly. You can understand if there was a brawl between the players or the support staff. But supporters? What does UEFA expect Sir Alex to do? Go and plead to every supporter ‘Please dont retort to violence’ etc? Is he there to train the players or the supporters?
And even more interesting is this fine concept. Does UEFA take any step to reduce these violent clashes? They happily leave it to the hosting club and local police. All they do is play one anthem in the beginning. Apart from that what does UEFA do? The amount of fine is not a joke. Roma was fined 31,000 GBP and Man U 14,500 GBP. 4 such violent matches and UEFA’s bosses will be rubbing their hands in glee. Recently Inter Milan and Valencia were fined too (This was for the fight between the two club players). Where does all the money go?
Does it go to the parent body FIFA so that Sepp Blatter can make trips to places like India and say ‘India has a great potential. Its a sleeping giant’ so that it remains in headlines for few days, and everyone forgets about it till the next world cup? Doesn’t make sense to me. I really wish to know what UEFA or FIFA does to develop the game in the so called grassroots level? Isn’t it the local clubs that spend time and money in identifying and nurturing talent?